When in the lineup, it is hard to deny the impact Daniel Carcillo has had on the New York Rangers. In the three games he has played in so far in these playoffs, he has found a way to impact that the game. In Game 3, he played well defensively, and then scored the back-breaking goal that put the Philadelphia Flyers away.
Well Carcillo got the Rangers going in Game 7, and now he must stay in the lineup.
For starters, the Rangers are missing Chris Kreider, a player who brings speed and grit to the team. Carcillo doesn’t have half the skill that Kreider has, but he definitely provides some grit and experience. Carcillo has played in a boatload of playoff games, and has even won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Furthermore, the Rangers will be going up against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team notorious for getting rattled when teams play physical against them. The Rangers aren’t the most physical team, but Carcillo can provide some of that. He also has no problem playing the villain in a series, something that he would definitely do if he were to stay in the lineup. Even if he doesn’t score goals, he can still play a big role next round.
Clearly, the Rangers are going to have their hands full with the skill of the Penguins. They will need to rattle the cages of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Carcillo can do that, and he must stay in the lineup.